The app didn’t start in the required time on Windows 10

The Windows Store allows easy access to Microsoft’s Universal applications and also helps update them automatically. Apps from the Windows Store are tested and verified for use and should usually be good to use. But nothing is perfect, especially with technology. One of the errors which Windows 10 users have been reporting is that they receive a The App didn’t start in the required time when loading applications.

The user tries to open the app, and a window starts loading with dots circling on the screen. It goes on for some time after which either nothing happens or it displays this error box:

The App didn't start in the required time

You may see an error message box or you may not. But if you check the Windows Application log, you will see the error – The App didn’t start in the required time.

The App didn't start in the required time windows

The App didn’t start in the required time

You could face this issue while opening the Photos app, or any other app, for that matter. The causes of The App didn’t start in the required time error could be as follows:

  1. Conflict with the date and time settings
  2. A conflict with third-party services or applications
  3. Corruption in the app itself.

The first reaction towards the error should be to restart the system and try to open the Windows app again. If it resolves the issue, well and good, otherwise move towards the following procedure in a step by step manner:

Check the date and time

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The date and time is located at the right end of the taskbar. Check if it is correct as per your time zone. If not, change it as mentioned below:

In Windows 10, right-click on the option showing the date and time on the taskbar. In the menu that appears, click on the option Adjust date/time. Windows 10 Date & time Settings will open up. Now you may set the options to set the time and timezone automatically, or you may set this option to the Off position and then press the Change button to set the time manually.

The good part about the system clock is that it updates automatically whenever connected to the internet. But if it doesn’t happen, it could be corrected manually.

Update Windows 10 and the Windows Store app

Open Windows 10 Settings page and select the option Updates and Security. The Windows Update tab would be selected by default. Click on Check for Updates.Windows Update

Restart the system once the updates are done and check if the issue gets resolves. If not, please move to the next step.

Troubleshoot in Clean Boot state

To identify if any third-party application is interfering with the Windows Store app, perform a Clean Boot and try to isolate the issue.

Clean Boot

To do this, you have to Run msconfig to open the System Configuration window, select the Services tab and click on Hide all Microsoft Services. Then click on Disable All.

Now select the Startup tab and click on Open Task Manager. Right-click and disable all the applications in the list. Click OK to save the settings and restart the computer.

Once in the Clean Boot State, check if the app runs. If it does, then some third-party process is definitely interfering with the smooth working of this app. You should try and identify the offending process manually.

Use the Windows Store Apps Troubleshooter

Run the Windows Store Apps troubleshooter and see if it identifies any problems and helps fix them automatically.

Uninstall & reinstall the concerned app

If nothing helps, you may want to uninstall and then fresh reinstall that Windows Store app and see if that helps you. You may use our freeware 10AppsManager to completely uninstall the app easily.

Hope something helps.

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Karan Khanna is a passionate Windows 10 user who loves troubleshooting Windows problems in specific and writing about Microsoft technologies in general.